Dominican Republic: Palmera

Palmera's Looking Toward a Brighter Future

This sponsorship project has closed. Throughout Palmera, you can now see inspiring 'scenes of transformation, brought about through God’s grace and years of hard work. Thank you to our generous supporters who have helped change the lives of sponsored children by enriching the community in which they live. The future of Palmera is in capable hands. These are a few of the areas we focused on in 2020.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • As part of a child protection network, 8 child wellbeing committees were formed in local communities, and members were learned how to identify, monitor, and address situations involving vulnerable children within their community.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • 30 local churches helped us reach 138 children with a leadership program that strives to deepen participants’ relationship with God, build character, and apply practical leadership skills.

The numbers shown above are from a specific reporting time period, and include all children in the community who benefited from the programs listed.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Palmera, Dominican Republic is no longer part of the sponsorship program!


  • We start by building relationships with local leaders and community members.
  • The community identifies their greatest challenges and develops an action plan.
  • The community nominates vulnerable children for sponsorship.


  • Community projects begin as we work shoulder to shoulder with families.
  • Excitement grows as families start experiencing positive change.
  • The well-being of children improves as solutions are implemented.


  • Local leaders and families take on more ownership and self-sufficiency grows.
  • The community and children grow stronger and healthier thanks to large improvements in areas like clean water, education, nutrition, and more.


  • After years of hard work, the community becomes self-reliant and is ready to graduate.
  • We celebrate their success and seek out the next community where God has blessings in store.

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